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Imagery/A Passage Into Forlorn
Released: 2004, Galy Records
This is more of a public service announcement for long-time fans of the band but also a good starting point for newer fans as well. Galy and Neuraxis have joined forces to release the bands first two, hard to find CD’s in one cool package.
I’m not going to focus as much on the music in this review because I’ve already reviewed a couple of Neuraxis CD’s on this site, including PASSAGE. The first thing I noticed is that the old logo is gone. Too bad, I liked it better, but admit that the new streamlined futuristic logo/font is a better representation of what the band is doing now.
Galy has repackaged the CD’s added a whole pile of extra treats including, lots of photos, reviews, an interview (In French and English) and lyrics. This compilation is a great introduction to the band. For the fan who already owns the music there are two bonus tracks a live version of ‘..Of Divinity’, which shows the band CAN pull it off live. The other is an unreleased track from 1999 called ‘In Silence’. It is anything but!
This is a great compilation, well designed and executed and it is great 10th anniversary set from this highly respected cyber-death thrash band. It is neat to follow the progression in terms of style and songwriting from the early days (slightly more death influenced) to today (slightly more thrash influenced). These guys are as tight as you are going to get and truly make many of the Gothenburg (so-called) death-thrash bands sound like a bunch of cream-puffs.
On a personal side note: I got to see the band live when they passed through town and enjoyed their music, hospitality and friendship. Great guys, great band, can’t wait to hear a new CD!
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